10,000 steps a day is just a minimum. It's how you stay human.
Our bodies are designed to move. They are mechanically built to do work, but if we don't use it we lose it.
Fitness trackers are pretty popular. They are typically worn on the wrist like a watch but most smartphones today are able to do some tracking. With the ubiquity of the devices and the gamification of achieving certain daily goals, everyone seems to be on the path toward their daily 10,000 steps.
In our culture, we're generally busy people but mostly busy sitting. Sitting at our desks, sitting in meetings, sitting in the car, sitting at meals, and sitting on the couch at the end of the day. This makes getting 10,000 steps in a day a difficult task.
Your body wasn't designed to sit all day. It was designed to move! We have strong bones, muscles and connective tissues that move our bodies in amazing ways. But if we don't use that ability our tissues begin to lose that capacity. 10,000 steps a day wouldn't be an issue if we used our bodies all day. If we lived in a place where sitting wasn't the norm. The truth is that 10,000 steps a day are just a minimum.
To get in shape some people choose to start running but as soon as they do their body is broken and they can't continue. This is because their tissues can't handle the impact of running. They are in such a weakened state that running at all is too much. Their feet, knees, and hips have lost the capacity to withstand the impact and effort of running.
Sometimes, a wonderful person with all the right attitudes and intentions comes into CrossFit 43 North and wants to start working out. They are eager to get going but we scale the workout down to something that they feel is too easy. We know that the average person, no matter how mentally ready to begin training, isn't physically ready to push themselves. We have to build to that gradually. This can be a blow to the ego and is why we tell people on day one to leave their ego outside.
On the other hand, when someone comes in for a no sweat intro and we learn that they regularly go for walks, hikes or bike rides we know we'll probably be able to push them a little harder.
We welcome everyone in our gym but it's important to realize that not everyone comes in with the same physical preparedness.
It's not about calories either
We've written before about how weight loss isn't totally about calories in and calories out. So the calories burnt walking 10,000 steps a day isn't really going to jumpstart your weight loss. Choose to eat better and you'll see better and faster results in that department.
Getting in your 10,000 steps a day is about more than "closing your rings" or burning calories. It's really about maintaining your basic tissue capacity for being a functional human being. So get up from your desk and walk. Go for a walk when you get home. Move. Be more human.
Now, go live better.